Barney reaches John O’Groats

Barney reaches John O’GroatsHero hound Barney has reached the end of his long walk – the flat-coat retriever, and owners Jos and Bob, arrived in John O’Groats on Tuesday 4 August 2015 after over 4 months of walking and camping.

Not content with just a fantastic physical challenge, the trio have raised a huge amount of awareness and money for Guide Dogs along the way – donations to their JustGiving page have exceeded £5,600, and they have inspired over 1,000 individuals across Britain to do their own sponsored dog walks for Guide Dogs and fundraise too.

We wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported Barney, Bob and Jos on their incredible journey, and especially those of you who have followed Barney’s lead and started fundraising for us – your support really is invaluable, and we couldn’t provide our
life-changing services without you.

Barney’s done his bit, but there are still ways you can show your support!

  • Join Match a Mile for Barney, and do your own sponsored dog walk for Guide Dogs. You can do the walk at a time and place to suit you, and Match a Mile will stay open until the end of August so everyone who wants to has a chance to take part
  • Donate to Barney’s JustGiving page, and help him smash his fundraising target!
  • Get involved with us: organise an event in your area, join one of our organised events or become an ambassador for us. Visit this page for information on how to get involved, or contact us by email on or by phone.
  • Vote for Barney in outdoor retailer Mountain Warehouse's Charity Challenge 2015, and help Guide Dogs win £10,000 - To vote, follow this link to Barney's page on Mountain Warehouse's website, select "vote now" and enter your email address. Then verify your vote by following the link emailed to you by Mountain Warehouse by 5pm on 7 September.


If you missed any of Barney’s incredible journey, you can catch up by visiting his blog.

Join Match a Mile for Barney